Being under “stay at home” orders is not what most people would picture or choose for their birthdays. Even as an introvert, my birthday plans always include friends. Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate and make this a special birthday for you or your loved ones!
- Coordinate a virtual party
I’ve now attended and had my own virtual birthday parties, and they’ve all been a blast! This is a unique opportunity to invite friends from far and wide. Usually, having a far-away friend or relative virtually “attend” an in-person party is a little uncomfortable for everyone, but it won’t be if everyone is virtual! So whether you are planning your own birthday or a friend’s, consider extending your guest list. A friend of mine had over 35 people at hers including her family from out of state.
Here’s how :
- Set a time and date
- Choose Your platform:
There are several to choose from. Choose the one that suits your group and duration needs:
- Skype: FREE /max 50 guests / No time limit / Phone & Computer
- Zoom: First 40min FREE / max 100 guests / Phone & Computer
- HouseParty: FREE/ max 8 guests / Phone App Only
Then, simply send out a group text, email, or evite to invite your guests. Give them instructions on how to tune into the party.
Ex: Hi friends! The party will be this Saturday at 7pm. We will be video chatting on Zoom. Go to this link __________ and type in Room Code ______ !
- Share a meal
Surprise your loved one with a meal from their favorite restaurant. Have it sent straight to their house using an app like Postmates or UberEats! Then, just shoot them a text when they need to open the door to find their surprise left on the doorstep! Bonus points if you also order yourself something from that restaurant to share with them over video chat — it’s the closest thing we have to taking someone out for their birthday! You can also send them a food care package. One of my best friends sent me funfetti cake (yes in a box because you can’t beat it) all the way from Chicago, because she knew I couldn’t find it anywhere and it is my absolute favorite! I felt deliciously special.
If you’re celebrating someone you are quarantined with, you can cook them their favorite meals!
- Coordinate a caravan parade
This is a really sweet idea to celebrate anyone and make them feel special while maintaining social distance with friends and family who live nearby or are willing to make the drive. Beau thew me my very own surprise birthday parade, and I cried all the happy tears seeing my friends on my birthday even from afar!
All you have to do is send a email or text to the people who you want to invite, give them a specific time or time range and address. For coordination purposes, tell people what cross street they should enter the street from. You can also suggest for attendees to decorate their cars!
- Ask friends and family to send text or video messages
For those who can’t be there or hop on video chat, you can ask them to send a special text of video messages to put together in either a slide show or printed for the birthday boy/girl.
- Coordinate a virtual game night
If you’re a group-game-lover like me, this is for you!
The HouseParty App lets you play games with up to 8 people for free. However…
My favorite virtual group game site is Jackbox Tv! I’ve played all of their games with a big group, both in-person and virtually. Players use their smartphones as remote controls, so they can tune in from anywhere as long as they have wifi! They have a huge sale going on right now and even a free game or two. Business Insider has a brief description of a few of the games. Once you’ve chosen your games/game pack (my absolute favorites are Drawful, Quiplash, Fibbage, and You Don’t Know Jack), use the “share your screen” function on either Skype or Zoom and voila! Virtual Game Night!
Beau also had his own guys night game night for his birthday. They played online Catan and poker!
- Send them a card
I’m a sucker for physical cards, and my current obsession is Shark Tank’s LovePop pop-up cards! Here is one I’ll be sending to my friends with upcoming birthdays, because it’s a card AND a cake…
- Send them a gift
Some delivery times might be longer than usual, so you might have to plan ahead on this one. If you need some gift inspiration, check out my favorite gift ideas on Amazon. There, you can also find my favorite books, life hack products, boardgames… and if you are also shopping for Mother’s Day, check out my Mother’s Day gift guide!
Gift cards are always a great gift so that your loved one can get exactly what they want. There are plenty of Gift Cards that can be sent over email!
Here are some of my favorite gift cards:
For something unique, custom, or handmade, Etsy is your one-stop shop. Like most small businesses, artists and makers need our support right now, so you can feel extra good about your gift. They too have great gift guides!
Free shipping is a huge blessing to anyone right now. Gift your loved one the gift that keeps on giving, even during quarantine! Choose from a 3-month subscription or a full year. An Amazon Prime subscription also includes free books and access to Amazon Prime Video!
How have you been celebrating birthdays during quarantine?